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During Utah stop, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Obama would hurt energy

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert talk to the media following an energy roundtable discussion at the Questar Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a dire warning Thursday that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, the nation’s energy sector would see “continued hostility” toward production and a potential cap-and-trade edict.

“You already see it in the first term,” Jindal said. Leasing offshore is down 30 percent. “We’re already seeing a hostile regulatory environment that is diminishing production of energy.”

Jindal was in a town meeting with representatives from 17 energy companies, raising money for Gov. Gary Herbert’s re-election campaign. Herbert has raised more than $235,000 from energy companies since his last election — $1 out of every $6 he has raised.

Jindal has just been elected to a second term as governor of Louisiana and said he isn’t interested in running as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate.

“I’ve got the job that I want,” said Jindal, noting that he is just beginning to tackle retirement reform in his state and has other goals to accomplish.

But Jindal said he will do everything he can to get Romney elected and threw some tough charges at the Obama administration.

Jindal said that, if Obama is re-elected, he wouldn’t be able to get a cap-and-trade bill through Congress, but he is concerned that the administration could try to achieve it through a “regulatory fiat.”

And Jindal said that the Obama administration has brought America high unemployment and high deficits, and “you’ve got a president who is leading us toward a European socialist-type government.”

The Obama campaign said Jindal is skewing the numbers.

“Here are the facts: President Obama has aggressively pursued an all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tom Reynolds. “As domestic oil production has reached an 8-year high and our dependence on foreign oil has fallen to a 16-year low, the president has also made historic investments in renewable energy, reduction of energy waste, the [research and development] of clean coal technology and expanded, safe natural gas extraction.”

Reynolds said that Romney raised the gas tax as Massachusetts governor, has opposed fuel economy standards, and supported tax breaks for oil and gas companies.

Jindal was flying to Colorado for a fundraiser there, then headed to New Mexico to raise money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez before returning to Louisiana.

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